Peter Ricchiuti

Executive Council / Host of Out to Lunch

Peter Ricchiuti is the finance professor you wish you had back in college! His insight and humor have twice made him the top professor at Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business. After a successful career on Wall Street, Ricchiuti served for five years as Assistant State Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer for the State of Louisiana. There he skillfully managed the State's $3 billion investment portfolio.

In 1993, Ricchiuti founded the Burkenroad Reports investment research program, where he leads a team of more than 200 business students in search of the investment "skinny" on undervalued stocks in six southern states. Ricchiuti and the Burkenroad Reports have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, The Washington Post, CNN and CNBC.

Ricchiuti is a frequent contributor in financial and business media, and has addressed over 1,000 groups in 47 states as a popular meeting and conference speaker. His unique presentation style puts him in front of a wide variety of audiences, including his selection by the NFL to teach investment workshops to the New Orleans Saints.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Danielle Boyce Batten, Director of Sales & Marketing for Cool Brew Coffee, and Adrian Simpson, founder of New Orleans Ice Cream, are allies in the NOLA coffee and ice cream assault on the nation.

Make It Right

Sep 17, 2012
Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right rebuilding effort in the 9th Ward was a beacon in the darkness after Hurricane Katrina and is still building houses today.

Taylor Royle, Communications Director of Make It Right, joins Peter on Out to Lunch, along with Peter Couhig, the President and CEO of Resource Environmental Solutions, who is working to save us from the next big hurricane.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Living on the brink of annual annihilation has bred a number of fascinating businesses founded by exceptional people who are inspired by the spirit of our city.

Company Social

Sep 3, 2012
Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Peter's guests address the philosophical Cartesian conundrum, "I Tweet therefore I am." If your business is not on Twitter or Facebook, do you really exist?

Megan Hardgroder is the founder of Conversations, focused on using social media to make small businesses effective online.

Will Scott is the founder of Search Influence, the largest online marketing firm on the Gulf Coast, working with over 1,000 local businesses.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Jason Nicosia founded Connect for a Cause, which allows you to make a networking connection with someone you would like to meet by winning an auction to have lunch with them. Your winning bid goes to a charity.

Michael Angle is the founder of Giftmeo, which brings people together online to chip in and give a gift to a friend or loved one.

Fruit and Chocolate

Aug 20, 2012
Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Cool Fruit Sensations is a new local juice venture making a splash. Elmer's, makers of Heavenly Hash and Gold Brick, is New Orleans' Easter favorite and one of the oldest candy companies in the U.S.

Occasional IKEA

Aug 13, 2012
Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

This week on Out to Lunch, we explore the places where home and business intersect. First, New Orleanian Kay Morrison. Kay was a success in corporate America when she and her husband realized they needed an extra partner — an occasional wife — to do all the at-home stuff Kay wasn’t at home to do. Kay founded The Occasional Wife to become that occasional wife for others.

Wealth & Wellness

Aug 6, 2012
Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Mackie Shilstone isn't only New Orleans' health and fitness guru, he's a worldwide sports phenomenon. Mackie talks about working with superstar athletes — like Serena Williams, whom he recently helped recapture Wimbledon — and his own will to win.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

New Orleans has a long history of being home to artists, including Degas and John James Audubon. Peter's guests on this week's Out to Lunch are artist John Fleming, and arts administrator Mia Volkemmer.

Mia Volkemmer is the Art Market Manager for the Arts Council of New Orleans — a private non-profit organization, also designated as the city’s official arts agency. The Art Market is the monthly gathering of local artists in Palmer Park.

Cheers!

Jul 23, 2012

On today's Out to Lunch, Craig Cordes had an idea for a cocktail he could take to the beach and drink without getting sand in it. Now he’s running Cordina, making cocktails to go.

Old New Orleans Rum is based on a simple observation — we have a lot of sugar cane in Louisiana, so why not make rum out of it? Erick Lewko is sales director of Old New Orleans Rum, now an international, award-winning success story.

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